Restoration Tip #2: I'm now a big believer in getting the frame sandblasted and body media blasted. Even though the clean up is a lot of work, the result is much better than scrapping alone. Also, it's not that expensive. For $1K, I got the whole think done, along with about 20 other misc parts (trans mount, rad support, exhaust manifolds, air cleaner, etc....). Overall, it saved me a ton of time and effort and the result is much better.
Restoration Tip #3: I'm doing most of the work by myself (and with my 10yr old "volunteer"). You may wonder how I was able to remove the transmission/t-case, front axle, and rear axles by myself. The trick my friends is the wonderful transmission jack. I bought one recently from harbor freight and it has been invaluable. Removing the transmission/t-case together was a breeze. I just slid the jack under the trans mount, unbolted it, and lowered it down. The transmission and t-case are nearly balanced about the mount. It was also very helpful in man-handling the axles around. Much better than with a regular jack. Of course, the cherry picker is a must have, too.